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Welcome to our blog where you’ll find interesting news, updates and what’s happening with Food 4 Social Change the Start-up movement.

Happy Holidays, 2016
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Happy Holidays to you for 2016! Keep pushing for your dreams and wishes. This christmas tree took two guys 40 hours each to decorate. It reminds me of how often it takes a team to develop a business, a project even decorate a tree. It takes patience, support, encouragement, a willingness to ask for help and … read more

Growing Pains
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Growing pains are present in every business, whether you are starting out or expanding we always seek some answers to our problems. Business Incubators are wonderful programs that help Entrepreneurs start, expand and grow their businesses. They provide mentors, workshops to help new business owners the same as Entrepreneurs to learn and educate themselves how to … read more

Small Business Saturday
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American Express founded the Small Business Saturday in 2010, it’s November 28th, this year. This video clip is about Small Business Saturday. THE BUY LOCAL MOVEMENT IS WORKING! Here are some stats, of which came from Balle Be a Localist. + Independent coffee shops are opening at 1.5 times the rate of Starbucks + 250 NEW … read more

More GMO's are on their way
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More GMO’s are on their way as eating local is going to be a challenge if the TPP passes. As we go into Thanksgiving with the day to day menu planning and deciding what we are going to eat. Turkey that is raised from a local farmer, or buying vegetables from the growers themselves, not frozen … read more

More GMO’s are on their way
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More GMO’s are on their way as eating local is going to be a challenge if the TPP passes. As we go into Thanksgiving with the day to day menu planning and deciding what we are going to eat. Turkey that is raised from a local farmer, or buying vegetables from the growers themselves, not frozen … read more

10 Ways to Get More Customers
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10 Ways to Get More Customers, investors, fans and the like it’s a challenge for most small businesses. There are many solutions to this problem, however what I find is sometimes, a new idea comes up and we instantly discount it. Why? Here’s 10 ways in which you can get more customers: 1. Social Media Promotions … read more

Your Wages are now a Commodity
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Yes, your wages are now a commodity – you’ve likely figured out, that you are becoming poorer not richer. Marco Vangelisti The less companies have pay in wages the more money they make and the less you make. Sounds about right, doesn’t it? I believe that most of us know something is wrong, perhaps feel un-empowered … read more

It's Coop Month
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It’s Coop Month are you ready to join one? Co-ops are everywhere! They provide nearly every good and service imaginable, and they are a great choice for buying local and keeping jobs in the community. This video is from the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative. The California Center for Cooperative Development invites you to join them in celebrating national … read more

It’s Coop Month
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It’s Coop Month are you ready to join one? Co-ops are everywhere! They provide nearly every good and service imaginable, and they are a great choice for buying local and keeping jobs in the community. This video is from the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative. The California Center for Cooperative Development invites you to join them in celebrating national … read more

Happiness at the Food Tasting
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Happiness at the food tasting and networking event is coming up on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. A year from now what will you be saying? When you specifically ask for a tasting where your buyers can come to you to sample your food and you don’t do your part of showing up, what’s up with that? … read more

Want more customers?
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If you want more customers, then you need to think, act and do from outside the box. Don’t limit your possibilities by saying no all the time. Practice saying YES more often. Even though I have this fabulous idea of building a commercial kitchen space to help other food entrepreneurs so they don’t have to close … read more

Meet SASS
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Meet SASS, it’s the name of Zena’s popular Sassy Almond-Sesame Sauce and her Sassy Peanut-Sesame Sauce. Really looking forward in tasting and getting some of her Peanut sauce. (no soy) Wrong – Wheatless Soy there is Soy oil. She’ll be at the Farmer+Chef+Producer pop-up tasting event of Sept 29th, 2015. Zena’s original culinary creations delighted legions … read more

Meet Cynthia at ToliverWorks
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Meet Cynthia at ToliverWorks she’s the Chef and owner of ToliverWorks Food. She’ll be at the Pop-up Tasting on Sept 29, 2015. As a full food production, full-service catering company that provides delectable, healthy food and specializes in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. With a full line of vegan and vegetarian soups, most of which are gluten free. … read more

Farmer+Chef+Producer Tasting Pop-Up
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Farmer+Chef+Producer Tasting Pop-up is coming up please share the event with your friends. Download the PDF here.. FarmerChefProducer.pdf It’s the same as the picture in the post. We have some great things lined up..for everyone.. still working on the final details.. will release them as they are finalized. One of the groups I’ve been working on … read more

Pop-Up Tasting
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One the things that Food Start-ups asked for a pop-up tasting event so the food producers could reach out to more customers at one time, rather than individually. Joe over at The Craftsman and I met, to discuss the pop-up – it’s happening and his goal is not only to promote other food producers also, to … read more

What's happening with the Kitchen?
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What’s happening with The Kitchen?  The Food Producer Coop is going to continue, as long as people want to help make it happen. The tree represents the community..each branch is vibrant, colorful, strong, fruitful, prosperous shining together. After a year I realized out of all of learning how to find the right building, knowing all the details … read more

What’s happening with the Kitchen?
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What’s happening with The Kitchen?  The Food Producer Coop is going to continue, as long as people want to help make it happen. The tree represents the community..each branch is vibrant, colorful, strong, fruitful, prosperous shining together. After a year I realized out of all of learning how to find the right building, knowing all the details … read more

10 Ways to Invest in Marketing
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These 10 ways to invest in marketing your food business. If you aren’t marketing your business services and products, then who knows about you and what your offer? Every business needs to be promoted and implement a marketing strategy to become all that you want it to be. Some people think marketing is an expense – … read more

Creating an Incubator
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Creating an incubator for the Producer Cooperative it’s a Membership based organization, based on the idea of supporting and providing resources for Food Startups. When we can assist heart-centered Food Entrepreneurs to help them to build a foundation for their businesses success they are more successful. In an environment where there is support collaboration, communication to … read more

Growing the Local Food Economy
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In growing the local food economy, Cooperatives are becoming the old to new structure that is uprising. Why choose a cooperative model? Here’s a bit of history at the end of the Civil War and the transition to peacetime economic construction cooperatives were promoted. Producer Cooperatives enjoy certain privileges that help producers to consolidate their economic … read more

Food Labels: FDA Requires Them
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Food labels, FDA requires them. They are very important when starting a food business, implementing best business practices. It’s important to plan out a strategy that will help your business move forward. This strategy includes analyzing all the costs of production and implementing best business practices. Another important factor to consider when starting a food business … read more

Share Fair coming to you soon..
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Share Fair coming to you soon in your community, it’s a peer to peer sharing fest. Thank you Rani Jayakumar and Peter Ruddock for putting together the Faire Share. The quarterly Share Faire is a gathering to promote sharing of stories, skills, and stuff. Bring garden produce, clothes, books and toys in good condition, and take … read more

How to Scale up with a Co-packer
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Are you making the product yourself? How to scale up your food product with a co-packer. You got an idea for a product, every night you are making it on your stove. You may have help or you are doing it yourself. Night after night or day – if it’s a product that can be stored … read more

Why Freight Containers are Trending
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Why freight containers are trending is that they are recyclable and sustainable containers. They are becoming the best homes for the homeless or people who want to live off grid and for food businesses. The picture above is a brew pub.. As the kitchen Incubator movement grows more and more kitchens are needed for the Speciality … read more

Pivoting is Good
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Since deciding that pivoting is good, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. The dust is settling, letting people fall away as they need to – and asking people to re-commit to the cause. People are shifting, so are ideas, opportunities, in a space in-between, as as I once heard “We are in the middle of … read more

7 Places to get Support for Food Startups
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Here are 7 places to get support for food startups, came to me as I was thinking how can we support them? At Food 4 Social Change, we haven’t been able to establish a commercial kitchen yet. We host monthly meetings on various topics that have come up in discussions – and formed a Facebook group … read more

Benefits of being in a Collective
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There are many benefits of being in a collective, a coop and collective are used interchangeably. The differences between the two are: A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective. A collective is an organization that … read more

Ready to join a Kitchen/Maker Cooperative?
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Are you ready to join a kitchen/maker cooperative? We are blazing the trail in developing an eco-system to support food producers. By being a member of the kitchen/maker cooperative, you’ll have the opportunity to use the kitchen and take advantage of other benefits. Most of the other food related coops are grocery stores. This is not … read more

Serving food startups is through a cooperative model
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Serving food startups is through a cooperative model, this will help entrepreneurs go to scale when collaborating and working together. On a google alert I have this is a great article written about the 5 questions for food startups. by Jeff Grogg is who is the Founder and Managing Director of JPG Resources makes a great … read more

Worker Cooperatives
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Social Forum had a workshop about worker cooperatives. Recover our economy by promoting cooperation and economic democracy. The weekend on April 17 & 18th, was very informative and how various locations in the world including the USA are recovering economically. By getting more people to form and start worker cooperatives. Even unions are turning into cooperatives, … read more

Pop Ups are One of the Best Ideas
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Pop Ups are one of the best ideas to explore and expand your food business, and when you add food it brings many more people together. Eventbrite just came out with a study about Pop-up’s of why they are so popular and why are they rising. Pop-up dinners are usually one time food events, in unexpected … read more

How can Hackathons help Food Startups?
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How can Hackathons help food startups? We hear about Hackathons, have you asked yourself what are they? I started asking around what they are and wondered if they could work for us. Image credit plus.google.com Once again if you have a product that you want to figure out how to make it better or more innovative. … read more

Support our Vision of Creating Jobs
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Support our vision of creating jobs, assisting food entrepreneurs to launch AND to end poverty. Help us to fund this project.. Here’s why it’s important: Just hit, CBS news if the video doesn’t pop up. The Co-working Kitchen Incubator is on it’s way to serve those who need a kitchen to launch their food business. If … read more

Out of the Box into Stand Up Packaging
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 From out of the box into Stand Up Packaging, this seems to be a trend to go in this direction for snack foods. Start with #1 and work your way to #3, I have samples if you would like to get one from me, or you can order directly from David at ABC Packaging. David created … read more

Talk about regrouping
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Talk about regrouping.. as you know we have a Indiegogo campaign going on for the Kitchen Incubator. It’s been challenging, let me tell you, even though I have people who said they’ll help me, some have some are well it’s your project!! I’m thinking to myself, didn’t I hear you say you would help promote it … read more

Making a Difference in Your Community
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By making a difference in your community doesn’t take a lot to be part of something bigger than yourself. There are many diverse communities that host and seek out people capable of thinking up, planning and executing great ideas. The link is at Indiegogo for the “Co-working Kitchen Incubator.” All they need is a little bit … read more

Why Start a Co-Working Kitchen?
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Why start co-working kitchen? With a business development program it will lead to positive impact in the local community. Image by Annarbor The benefits of a co-working kitchen outweighs the $$ (financial) cost not building one. Not only will it create more jobs, it will educate food startups including the people who are optimizing the Cottage … read more

Creating Success One Business at a Time
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Food 4 Social Change, is doing it’s best by creating success one business at a time. By giving a space where food entrepreneurs can grow. Food 4 Social Change is bringing the idea to incubate food startups in the East Bay. Selected Food Entrepreneurs enter into a eight-week business accelerator program which will help them understand … read more

Help us to Achieve your Dreams
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Are you seeking a commercial kitchen? Where? If you are, help us to help you to achieve your dreams of being a Food Start-up, in SF, CA It’s actually too expensive to even consider starting a food business. You know, I have to agree with you. From all the people I spoke to when I was … read more

A Food Hack to Save Your Food
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Fixit, has a food hack to save your food. it’s a list that will show you easily how long you can keep your food from going bad. This photo comes from their blog. Source: Fix.com I never could figure out what a food hack is..it’s just doing something different. Or new uses for things.

People who are making a difference
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People who are making a difference. While I’ve been meeting with possible partners, collaborators for our Social Causes and programs. Anna Rico is the owner of San Jose Crepes Co. we spent some time getting to know each other – and tasted her crepes. Delicious! You’ll be hearing more from her later. This is a Turkey, … read more

What Qualities Makes a Good Founder?
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The question of what qualities makes a good Founder has risen a few times. They need to be passionate, courageous, persistant, creative and be willing to adopt as they grow their business. In our group conversation the discussion was what is a Founder and what roles do they play? A variety of Founders play different roles. … read more

7 Different Ways to End Hunger
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The 7 different ways to end hunger was intended to write a post about culinary skill training and what I found where a variety of ways to end hunger. Ending hunger is really the end result. Photo credit 1. About F-bites About five years ago, Anderson gave up his career in the fast-paced restaurant world to … read more

About the Cottage Laws California – Conversation Cafe
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Looking forward to this conversation about Cottage Laws California, at the Conversation Cafe, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Peter Ruddock is a sustainable advocate and a small business consultant. His work is to create a more sustainable world by changing the way we interact with our environment and with each other. He concentrates on food systems … read more

Starting a Food Business in CA
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Starting a food business in CA is a little overwhelming as there are so many things you need to consider. It will depend upon your strategy and structure in which you would like to begin with, this will determine what’s next. For sure you will need a Food Managers Safety Certification, for business owners or anyone … read more

Conversation Cafe for Food Entrepreneurs
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Conversation Cafe for Food Entrepreneurs came up about how can we help support other food start-ups, and about expanding our vision. Image by www.dailygood.org. Most MeetUps are about networking and education, which is good except how often do you really get to know someone? I do enjoy MeetUps, many people join and may not participate, why’s … read more

My Kitchen Incubator Journey
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My Kitchen Incubator Journey..is about sharing my challenges, lessons and wins this past year. My friend Denay Davis of Charlotte Pie Authority has challenged me to write about my journey of building a Kitchen Incubator. I have the vision, the dream and have been working on it for the past year, to make it happen. Recently, … read more

The Sharing Economy is for innovators
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The people involved in the Sharing Economy is for innovators, they see how things could be better and will make a shift to do something better. Did you know there is a Sharing Economy Association? The Sharing Economy Association (Singapore) is a business association for companies and organisations involved in the sharing economy, which refers to … read more

8 Leading Food Organizations for 2015
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Here are 8 leading food organizations trending for 2015, these organizations are fighting for people’s right to food. Farm Hack – Farm Hack is an open-source community that aims to develop, document, and build appropriate, affordable, and adaptable technology for agriculture. The collaborative, community-driven design organization was founded in 2010. It consists of an online platform … read more

Taste with Kevin Longa
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This video is a pre-view of the show “Taste with Kevin Longa.” A food entrepreneur Chef Matthew Dolan is teaching Thunder.” A documentary series uncovering the true stories of food entrepreneurs around the world. Premiering in 2015. Thunder is learning skills for a new life. This is one program of which we’ll be offering at the … read more

Is Paleo Food Movement new?
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Have you heard the new rage? I ask myself is Paleo Food movement new? According to Sandi Clifford wrote many believe it is the caveman diet that is best suited to humans. Read the resources we’ve gathered here to decide for yourself if Paleo diet does work and whether it will work for you? Source: Raw … read more

How to create Social Change
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How can we create social change that makes a difference? This is certainly one of my values, the idea of making a positive change for all. Grassroots collaboration begins with people and their communities to make decisions that will impact them. Locally or in other countries. when rework with each other and other organizations we can … read more

How do I Participate in a Food Cluster
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You’ve heard of a food cluster.. many people ask how do I participate in a food cluster? It just seems to be so big and broad – where, what and how… Every local food business is an important part of the local economy and a cluster. Food Clusters are a great way to re-group and develop … read more

The Sustainability Community on Twitter
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The Sustainability Community on Twitter, is a list from List.ly. It’s a site where you can develop lists of various topics. To help you reach out, follow and share content. [listly id=”FaN” layout=”full” show_header=”true” show_author=”true” show_sharing=”true” show_tools=”true” per_page=”25″] I was going through List.ly and I found this list, by Pat Heffernan. She’s created a list from … read more

A Survey for the Food Startup Community
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A survey to find out what’s important in for you in the food startup community. A community only grows when one is heard and the promises are delivered. Here’s the survey, I’m asking you to fill out. It’s just a few questions to help me to serve you better. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey … read more

Join the Food Movement for Farm Workers
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Why join the Food Movement for farm workers? Do really we need organizations to inform business people about fair wages, treatment of people? Where have we gone wrong that people are getting mistreated? We all need to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. This just blows my mind that we have to have … read more

Food Trucks have exploded in SF
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Food Trucks have exploded in SF and the bay area. Some people even thought they were just a fad and they’ll go away. They haven’t. They are booming. Employees race out to the streets for lunch when the food trucks arrive – just for the pure enjoyment. Moveable Feast is another Market Icon on the streets … read more

Would you rather be protected or rejected?
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The question of what kind of health certification do I need? What will happen if I don’t have one? Would you rather be protected or rejected? First of all, you don’t want to have any run ins’ with the Health Department. When I first started my pie business I got my health permit from my local … read more

Are you ready for the Venture Capitalists Food Start-ups?
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With food incubators and accelerators becoming more popular, are you ready for the Venture Capitalists food startups? Venture Capitalists are getting more willing to help finance food-startups. “The No. 1 thing V.C.’s are looking for are scalable and repeatable, high-margin businesses.” Food-startups, can create scalable foods for a greater return on investments – it’s just harder. … read more

Nothing is impossible it just takes action
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Nothing really is impossible, it just takes action, what one person can do to make a difference. With Silver David Cameron and Shel Horowitz. Shel Horowitz Shel Horowitz has spoken to numerous environmental conferences, academic institutions, professional associations, and business gatherings, both in the United Stages and abroad. His many speaking credits include a TEDx talk … read more

How to scale up a recipe
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How to scale up a recipe came up on the weekend. A spice company is working with a co-packer and the recipe just isn’t working out right. What a great topic to write about. When I was making pies, I found some recipes were ok to triple them, just not more than 3 or 4 from … read more

6 Alternative Places to Get Money
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The 6 alternative places to get money for food startups were found at the “Here’s the Money Business Expo.” On Saturday, October 18th about 100 people attended this expo to help businesses where to get the money. Since I have been working on the kitchen hub/incubator since January 2014, if I can give you a lesson, … read more

Why doesn't the richest valley have a food cluster?
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Why doesn’t the richest valley in the world have a food cluster? They create economic stability in our local communities. Just in California alone, a Food cluster is worth $90 Billion, so why aren’t more food hubs or clusters financially supported? A Food Innovation Hub if you will, is just like there are Tech Hubs.. for … read more

Why doesn’t the richest valley have a food cluster?
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Why doesn’t the richest valley in the world have a food cluster? They create economic stability in our local communities. Just in California alone, a Food cluster is worth $90 Billion, so why aren’t more food hubs or clusters financially supported? A Food Innovation Hub if you will, is just like there are Tech Hubs.. for … read more

Do you like to eat?
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Here are 10 Reasons to invest in a Kitchen Hub especially if you like to eat. If you like to eat, we all need to support our local producers and our economy at some level. I’ve envisioned this kitchen for some time knowing that I’m a little ahead of my time. Yet, there kitchen incubators built … read more

Let's grow the Kitchen Hub
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Your support is very much appreciated please share the BUZZ campaign. Lets grow the Kitchen Hub and to gain members, reach out to our customers and other partners. Please share our Buzz, thank you! The kind of project that I envision for Food 4 Social Change doesn’t really exist, there are many kinds of variations. There … read more

Let’s grow the Kitchen Hub
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Your support is very much appreciated please share the BUZZ campaign. Lets grow the Kitchen Hub and to gain members, reach out to our customers and other partners. Please share our Buzz, thank you! The kind of project that I envision for Food 4 Social Change doesn’t really exist, there are many kinds of variations. There … read more

6 Ways to raise money for your food startup
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When we are about to venture off into our food projects – we think about how can we get help in getting money, people and resources for our businesses I found 6 ways to get money. Fundavision Marshall Childs is the Founder of FundaVision Inc, a company using technology for funding small business in a belief … read more

Why Cooperatives are so popular
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There is a reason why cooperatives are so popular, it’s just helps grow the local economy. You would be surprised to discover the wide variety of cooperatives there are. Cooperatives are typically based on the cooperative values of “self-help, self-responsibility, democracy and equality, equity and solidarity” and the seven cooperative principles: Voluntary and open membership Democratic … read more

Building a sustainable economic development community
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By Building a sustainable Economic Development Community, fills a critical gap in a region or local area where private developers find too risky. Take for example, As I work with brokers to help me to find a commercial space to build The Kitchen Hub, there is a backlash with the Economic Development offices, the city planning … read more

How can we promote our labor in sustainable ways
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How can we promote our labor in sustainable ways? Ethical consumption not only promotes organic locally sourced food, it’s also about our labor. Are we being looking at the long range effects of sustainability? When it come to labor we don’t seem to look at at from this perspective. Here’s a great article of why after … read more

Facing Economic Challenges
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Writing this post, I discovered the hope and despair for people who are facing economic challenges for in our communities and for Food Entrepreneurs. Sometimes there just seems to be so much despair in some parts of of the country. Yet there just has to be something better don’t you feel like this sometimes? There’s also … read more

Why do food entrepreneurs fail?
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Food Entrepreneurs fail because someone may say to them, this is a delicious dish, can I have the recipe or you ought to sell this. Great suggestions, except most entrepreneurs don’t realize there is a business component to get started and many other things to think about. Most often they are under capitalized, their costs are … read more

Tuesday Soup
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Tuesday Soup is a great way to come out to support your local community by simply giving a pledge or donation for a cause or an idea. It’s  a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects. For a donation or giving a pledge of $15 or more attendees receive a bowl of soup or salad, bread … read more

Good Food Web
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The Good Food Web is a community-driven online platform to build a resilient, good food economy. We connect farmers, food entrepreneurs, investors, advocates and eaters to educational resources, best practices and expert advisors. Find the people and the information you need to build your local food business. Earn income by offering your expertise as a valuable … read more

The Adventures of Leasing
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The adventures and an update of leasing space for Food 4 Social Change’s Kitchen Incubator in San Leandro, CA. At the Gate, it’s a no go.

How about a crowdsourcing restaurant?
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Perry Dube is driving a crowdsourcing restaurant and bar in Oakland. I met him at our Food Entrepreneur Business Networking group. The Oaktown Shire Project is a campaign for a bar and restaurant that will be located in the city of Oakland, CA with a targeted opening date in early 2016. The campaign will take place … read more

What's next?
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What’s next? There are so many great people who want to be a part of Food 4 Social Change as we move forward, I am so excited of all it’s possibilities. a href=”http://food4socialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/f4sclogo.2014.jpg”> There’s a few key things we need to have is a Grease Interceptor. We are meeting with Jan an architect on Monday to … read more

What’s next?
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What’s next? There are so many great people who want to be a part of Food 4 Social Change as we move forward, I am so excited of all it’s possibilities. a href=”http://food4socialchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/f4sclogo.2014.jpg”> There’s a few key things we need to have is a Grease Interceptor. We are meeting with Jan an architect on Monday to … read more

A Bold and Vibrant Community
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There is much to write about..the beginning for the Bold and Vibrant Business Community for Food Entrepreneurs, it got started on May 20, 2014. Everyone really enjoyed everyone’s company and who and what we represent. Everyone is in for the vision of Food 4 Social Change. This is cool! Until the kitchen is built, we are … read more

Follow the Money or Honey?
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Follow the Money or should it be follow the Honey. Why are we killing the bees? Image taken from www.public-domain-image.com You would think what with Monsanto’s Honeybee Advisory Council, and Bayer’s Bee Care Centers, the world’s largest pesticide-makers would be too busy caring about bees to manufacture or use the pesticides that kill them. Not true, … read more

Kitchen Rentals in the Bay area
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In my research for commercial kitchen rentals in the bay area. Here are 7 of them. If you know of one that is not listed please let me know. The challenge of course for Food Entrepreneurs to Startup, is the main ingredient, that is a kitchen that is certified and open for new people to rent … read more

What are Hackathons?
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Ever wonder what are Hackathons? I had no idea what Hackathons were, much less what they can do for Foodies. According, from wikipedia they say: “Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases … read more

What is Food Justice?
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If you are like me, you have likely heard about this term Food Justice for a while and wondered what it is? I decided I would investigate it. Since starting a steering committee for the Kitchen Incubator, I now see it as a part of Food Justice. It provides a commercial kitchen, not just for food … read more

Micro Businesses
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Micro Businesses are bigger than you think.. With the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AEO embarked on a two-year study to build the data and the evidence base that documents the economic impact of microbusiness in the United States. This report, Bigger than You Think: The Economic Impact of Microbusiness in the United States, … read more

It's here – Kindness Week
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Kindness week is here, it ought to be everyday and every week, right now it’s from February 9 to the 16th. Random Acts of Kindness just put out this new video it’s their message of why you really ought to participant even just for a week. Giving and sharing kindness will make you feel joyous and … read more

It’s here – Kindness Week
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Kindness week is here, it ought to be everyday and every week, right now it’s from February 9 to the 16th. Random Acts of Kindness just put out this new video it’s their message of why you really ought to participant even just for a week. Giving and sharing kindness will make you feel joyous and … read more

Food Manufacturers
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Food manufacturers are a key component of any City’s economy with many success stories. This sector has been a source of steady growth in the local economy since the recession; in 2011, food manufacturers have generated an estimated $2.9 billion in sales in New York. New York City’s approximately 1,000 food manufacturing businesses employ over 14,000 … read more

Kitchen Incubation
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As the local movements are happening to support food businesses, Food 4 Social Change is moving forward with Kitchen Incubation. One of the many challenges of Incubator is a model that they can be supported financially. There are facility costs, design, scheduling,regulatory compliance issues, utilities, administration and attracting high-quality food Entrepreneurs. Why would anyone want to … read more

Healing the World with Moringa
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Can we possibly collaborate by healing the world with Moringa? Through nutrition, clean water and it can eliminate many of the dis-eases in the world. Recently connected with Greg Marsh, Founder BYKA Group who is working with several country wide programs for Uganda, DRC, Zambia, and several others in Kenya, India and trying to setup in Nepal. They … read more

Farm to School Programs
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Every state in the US has many Farm to School programs. It’s been proven many times over in order for kids to overcome obesity a connection the mother earth needs to be made. In order for the children to make the connection to their food, they need to be engaged with a community garden or farmer … read more

The Benefits of a Community Kitchen
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The many benefits of a Community Kitchen, from supporting food Entrepreneurs, the local economy, to boost local job creation, diversify the local economy to name a few. Community Kitchens also transfer ideas and technology from universities or companies,” says CIAS researcher Kaelyn Stiles. Stiles and CIAS Associate Director Steve Stevenson interviewed 17 kitchen organizers nationally. Private, … read more

Grass-Roots Micro-Granting
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How to get creative funding and how you can create a grass roots micro-granting event. A neighborhood based in Chicago got an idea to explore different ways to get funding for their projects and start-ups. Incubate Chicago was started. What is a micro-granting dinner? It’s called a “SOUP” – a collaborative project, includes a public dinner, … read more

The Good Life Movement
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Another great experience of having a conversation with a new LinkedIn connection. Was told about the good life movement. I hopped over to their website to check it out. I just had to share this with you.. Good Life Project™ is a movement. A set of shared values. A community. A creed, bundled with a voracious … read more

Say Yes on I-522
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Say Yes no I-522, this bill is asking that our food is labelled, even with GMO ingredients or not. We only have until Tuesday November 5th to vote. This bill is so important, if we are really going to start being healthy, our votes tell Washington what we want as consumers. If only takes 1 vote … read more

Living on Purpose
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When I arrived here in SF, Ca, I knew I came to launch Food 4 Social Change, would be my living on purpose. I knew what I want to do with it, I’ve just have been having trouble putting it together or to have a great message or story to tell. There are so many avenues … read more

Reviving Fremont’s Agricultural Heritage
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Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) helps connect people with the land, and is reviving Fremont’s agricultural heritage. For the past year, girl scouts in troop #31916, led by Deb Fuller and Debbie Mannia, have grown produce in the circular garden at LEAF Center and donated vegetables to Abode’s Sunrise Village. Shashi Chittle’s three year old … read more

Whole Foods is Giving Back
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Some of the wonderful things that Whole Foods in doing in Giving Back, is a program where they give 1% of their sales to non-profit organizations. You can read more about their community giving programs Why would you want to give back? Here are 37 ways you can. What are your reasons to give back?

What's your BIG Dream?
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What’s your BIG dream? My BIG dream, was in 2001, when I wanted to change the world with “World Kindness.” I worked with several people, committees, sponsors and volunteers to produce Kindness Conferences. This is how I got Heart@Work launched. You can read more about it on their website. When I started Sedona Pies, I just … read more

What’s your BIG Dream?
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What’s your BIG dream? My BIG dream, was in 2001, when I wanted to change the world with “World Kindness.” I worked with several people, committees, sponsors and volunteers to produce Kindness Conferences. This is how I got Heart@Work launched. You can read more about it on their website. When I started Sedona Pies, I just … read more

Why Homelessness Scares Us
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What makes us so scared about being homeless? The unknown. It also makes the people who care about us to be uncomfortable, so they avoid us. If people are near being homeless because a loss of their home, foreclosure, a end of a marriage, most of the time it is not by choice people end up … read more

Whole Foods Producer Loan Program
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Did you know Whole Foods have a producer loan program? I noticed this while I was at the Art & Wine Festival in Fremont, CA last weekend. There are some other places where you can find loans and grants. While doing some research on the Whole Foods Producer Program is actually a loan program to support … read more

Making a Legacy for Social Change
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Meet Ani Davidson produces The Legacy of Change a radio show about social change. Ani scouts for Social Change Entrepreneurs like me who are making a legacy for Social Change to interview. I was so honored to be interviewed this morning by Ani Davidson, I met her in one of the LinkedIn groups. Ani is passionate … read more

Profits before People – Plan B
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Recently The B Team launched their cause of changing the business model that there is out there now..Profits before people, called Plan B This is nothing new, however I am glad to see that a few of leaders of bigger companies are saying this model is no longer working. Perhaps, they will have better luck in … read more

What nourishment are you giving?
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What nourishment are you giving and providing to yourself and your community? Food 4 Social Change is about Food, Spiritual, Kindness and all the things that will help us to be better human beings. When we look after ourselves we can share more and give back. Giving back or paying it forward isn’t a one time … read more

Are you ready to fix the world?
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“The Fix The World Organization” (FTW) will provide the essential services necessary to implement planet changing projects and then use the profits from these projects to fund other humanitarian projects that help the needy and heal the planet. Naima Feagin, MBA is the CEO and Founder Fix the World in on GoFundme to raise money for … read more

How can Food 4 Social Change Benefit You?
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One of the many ways of Food 4 Social Change is going to help you as a business owner is to grow your business. A few months ago a gal that I knew what to go out and be a speaker, because of her exceptional talent and message, I had asked her if she reached out … read more

How to do Container Gardening
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How to do container gardening. Leaf Center, had a demo on how to get started if you only have a patio or balcony and you want to grow some vegetables. Donald Sutman who is the owner of Yummy Tummy Farms, gave a great talk about how to start growing a garden in containers. Farmer Donald lives … read more

Take Action – Reject the King Amendment
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On Wednesday, May 15, the House Ag Committee passed the King Amendment, a measure some say could take away states’ rights to label GMOs. If the King Amendment survives to the final version of the Farm Bill 2013, and is passed by Congress, some say it could preempt states’ rights to label GMOs. And if it … read more

Get Customers Through BitCoins
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Did you know Bitcoin is a $1 Billion dollar currency on line? You could even get funded or paying customers by accepting Bitcoin. Bitcoins is a virtual currency. It’s an open source, peer to peer digital currency. Processing few are small to nothing, to the contrast to the fees a business must pay when processing a … read more

The South African Food Co.
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Continuing to interview and write about Social Change Entrepreneurs who are making a difference. Let me tell you about South African Food Company in the United Kingdom. Jana and I did a Hangout on Friday last week and whatever happened, it didn’t record. I decided to write about them instead. Hopefully when they aren’t so busy … read more

Shameless Capitalists
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Six years ago, a group of friends got together to figure out how we could advance our causes. We called ourselves Shameless Capitalists. Back then, people thought we were politicians, we said NO, we are working on advancing our causes, let me define a Shameless Capitalist for you: “Brazen, bold, having or showing no shame in … read more

Fixing Our Future
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Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. For more information, visit Fixing our Future Co-operatives, time banks (a form of bartering), credit unions and community banks are ways that people are coming together to “fix” the current economy. More than 29,000 co-operatives operate in every sector of the … read more

About Win Charles
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Win Charles is an Artist, she is a published author and a very talented woman. I admire her bravery. I hope you enjoy the conversation. I Win book you can buy it from Amazon. Win is off doing her Triathlon this weekend, I am sure she will be sharing her experience.. I met Win, through the … read more

Can your $1 contribution create a Big Business?  
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Crowdfunding is the latest way to get your business or project funded. Can your $1 contribution create a Big Business?  YES, with crowdfunding. I attended a VLab event yesterday, it was very interesting. Interesting to the fact that even from other talented people and Founders how much one can learn and apply ideas and concepts in … read more

The History of Co-operatives
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The history of co-operatives, began by The Rochdale Pioneers Society began in 1844. The idea was formed to help merchants to get their products and services recognized and sold. Rochdale Pioneers were simple, transformed the producer/consumer relationship, this created economic and social development. In 1895 The International Co-operative Alliance was formed. Founded with 12 countries, with … read more

Are you Aware of the Home Cottage Laws?
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Most people are not aware of the Home Cottage Laws. Are you a baker? Did you know you may qualify to bake at home? It depends what state you are in and what you do. These laws have come into play to help micro-businesses get started. It also eliminates the biggest costs for a baker the … read more

Join the Marketing Cooperative for Social Change Entrepreneurs
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Since launching Food 4 Social Change, people read about what we are going to accomplish and now you can join the Marketing Cooperative with Food 4 Social Change. Let me do some clarifying, until I have the partners, collaborators together to get started in having multiple Kitchen Incubators going..I also firmly belief that Food 4 Social … read more

Get Ready to start a Garden
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While searching for tools and ways to get ready to start a garden, I discovered Gardens for Humanity and several other resources. Permaculture is it’s original name, humans cannot flourish without eating. Permaculture is based on these principles. Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first … read more

It's time to Plant your own Garden..just like
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Where the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys. Something wrong about this. It’s time to Plant your own Garden. My friend Faith Barnard shared this TED talk with me, I just had to share with you the story about Ron Finley. You see, Ron Finley – looked at his neighborhood and said “There is … read more

It’s time to Plant your own Garden..just like
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Where the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys. Something wrong about this. It’s time to Plant your own Garden. My friend Faith Barnard shared this TED talk with me, I just had to share with you the story about Ron Finley. You see, Ron Finley – looked at his neighborhood and said “There is … read more

Be the Change: Become a B Corp
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When you become a B Corp, you are joining a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale. Read more What are B … read more

I am not a farmer.
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I am not a farmer, says Stephen Ritz a teacher growing green in the South Bronx. Recently someone posted his TEDx talk on a Facebook group. I watched this, and thought right on! What an inspiration Stephen is getting his students to come to class and be active in their community. This video warmed my heart. … read more

How can we Disrupt the Food Industry?
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Many new organic food companies are doing it, let’s see how we can disrupt the food industry. Kirsten founded Revolution Foods in 2005 with Kristin Groos Richmond, to provide equal access to healthy food for all school children. Kirsten continues to drive the vision and product experience for the company, overseeing innovation, marketing and human capital … read more

Farm to School Gardens
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Farm to School Gardens are becoming a fabulous program to teach children about where food comes from and to eat better. The National Farm to School Network sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. Read more about their program at Edible SchoolYard. This … read more

Where to Find Seed Capital
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Where to find seed capital for your Social Change business, I found three places. Slow Money Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century:

It starts with the soil.
The soil teaches us that we must put back as much as we take out … read more

Podcast: Gratitude Gourmet
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Gratitude Gourmet was founded by Mary Vincent. Gratitude Gourmet is a Fun Sustainable Lifestyle Media & eCommerce Destination. Gratitude Gourmet was founded in May 2008: to share news on globally innovative, practical and sustainable agriculture programs and practices, and empower the individual to make changes within households, communities, and with your Vote, so we can ALL make … read more

Benjamin the Garden Coach
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Benjamin is a Garden Coach, will help you to grow your own garden. He is the Founder of Grow Your Lunch He primarily is working with schools to teach children about the earth, where food comes from, about working in a team, it’s really a teaching tool. Grow Your Lunch Mission:   Is to create successful … read more

Becoming a Social Change Agent
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Following Tommy Dionisio is the Chief Sustainability Officer, of Nuema and a Social Change Agent. As I have been interviewing Social Change Leaders I have learned a lot from people. Take Timonthy Dionisio Chief Sustainability Officer of Neuma. He spent four years researching ethical, organic ingredients for their beauty products. His wife is a blonde by … read more

Recipes a Dollar on a Day
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Claudia Strasbaugh and her volunteers at Dinner on a Dollar, do a great job in posting recipes that you can make a meal for one or two dollars. I was introduced to Claudia from Gary who I just met through LinkedIn. It’s amazing who you can meet through LinkedIn. Claudia and I have had a few … read more

Making Profits from the Kitchen
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Making Profits from the Kitchen, is a creation of Denay’s who helps people get the home based business laws changed. I had a group on Facebook for HomeBased Bakers, as I was following the Home Cottage Law in Arizona. People like myself, when you are starting up, working out of your kitchen to start-up was much … read more

Are you Frustrated?
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Are you frustrated? Are you so passionate about something and you want to change it? As you know I have been doing interviews of business owners who are making a difference or having a mission with their businesses. They usually are solving a problem that they are either really touched by or they see a real … read more

Podcast: Shel Horowitz & Kindness
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This interview is with Shel Horowitz, it’s based on Kindness and how Kindness plays a role when we are in business. We talk about how kindness makes a difference and you can get the book either on Kindle or find our more information about the book Kindness@Work site. Food 4 Social Change is also about Kindness..to … read more

Podcast: Shel Horowitz & Kindness
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This interview is with Shel Horowitz, it’s based on Kindness and how Kindness plays a role when we are in business. We talk about how kindness makes a difference and you can get the book either on Kindle or find our more information about the book Kindness@Work site. Food 4 Social Change is also about Kindness..to … read more

Making Dreams Happen
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Making Dreams Happen is what Juliette is doing and Helice is making her dreams unfold. A Podcast is with two wonderful gals who are making their dreams happen. It’s time to dream and begin what you are called here to be and do. In times of challenge and difficulty is we can change our own life … read more

Making a Shift into Social Change
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The shift is to think yourself as a Leader into Social Change. How can you serve? If you don’t know what your purpose is yet – Ask yourself “How may I serve?” When you decide to shift yourself into Social Change, you just need to get started. It’s one step at a time. Even when you … read more

Social Change Are you one of the 99 percent?
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Social Change: Are you one of the 99 percent? It saddens me when there are so many people who are homeless in the USA. The voice of the people who are homeless are not being heard. They are falling through the cracks, thus the rise of homelessness is growing. I really don’t feel the cracks are … read more

Inspiring Leaders – Jeff Klein
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In my quest to find other likeminded Social Change Agents or business owners who are embracing this new emerging trend. I’ve started to interview other Inspiring Leaders. Being a Social Change Entrepreneur is not new, other than there are just more of us. Jeff and I connected on LinkedIn, as I reached out to him to … read more

Building a Community
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Building a community is like a tree, when you co-create, or join a group that supports your passion like Food 4 Social Change does, then everyone will learn and support each other. I really painted this tree as a visual, so show you how our businesses and communities work. It’s also a view point in how … read more

Conscious Food
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Conscious food, means co-creating through the community gardens, Food 4 social change will help you with this. Our food supply is being controlled by many factors. If you aren’t willing to change or get involved in your own food supply then..what can I say, you just enjoy being robbed. The World Health Organization defines three facets … read more

Non-GMO Foods
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Start voting with your wallet. If there is one environmental cause you need to support consider fighting for good food, this means Non-GMO food.  If we don’t have good food, then the rest is history. Want to know more? I have found some great resources that will help you to decide for yourself if you really … read more

Moving Social Change
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Moving Social Change is very much like a Social Movement. It’s when people come together to create change as they don’t like the way things are know or they know there has to be a better way of being. According to WIKI – “Social movements are a type of group action. They are large informal groupings … read more

Saying Goodbye
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Dear Friends, Saying goodbye, my decision to close down Food 4 Social Change after putting in 2.5 years of drive and passion into it. It’s with great disappointment and yet excitement for something new. The Kitchen Incubator / Maker Space just hasn’t come into being the way I intended it would. It seems it keeps coming … read more

Relationship Marketing & Sales Workshops
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Relationship Marketing & Sales Workshops are going to be educational and you’ll learn a lot about growing your business. Success starts here. As in any business start-up, besides being in production, 80% of your time needs to be spent on marketing. How do you do your marketing if you don’t have a mission statement – this … read more

Building Reciprocity
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Building reciprocity is when we place a premium on our relationships, we then tend to attach more importance or value on them. “the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one organization to another.” Have you ever thought of recession proofing your business? It doesn’t matter what kind of business … read more

Crowdfunding for Food Projects
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Crowdfunding for food projects is a challenge, there are some really good services and some that may not work well for you to get funded. Getting money for a food business is one on the hardest things to get funding for, one thing is for sure banks are not giving loans to restaurants or anything to … read more

Everything is working out
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Everything is working out, this is my mantra these days as I continue to hold the vision for the kitchen incubator to come into view. What has happened over the last 4 weeks or so, I shared with a friend that another friend suggested that the kitchen runs under a non-profit. I wasn’t really open to … read more

Intentions and Expectations 2017
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Intentions and expectations, 2017. Welcome to 2017, filled with wishes and dreams for whatever your intentions you have set for your business this year. We started promoting and marketing the concept of a kitchen incubator for food startups and having a community kitchen that would be able to offer cooking skills and educational courses to create … read more

Making a Social Impact Locally
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Making a social impact locally learn what other women owned businesses are doing to make a difference. M.A.D. There are many groups who are either interested in meeting other like-minded people or want to share what kind of social differences people are doing. Of course, we all need exposure or a way to get the word … read more

Happy Holidays for 2016
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Happy Holidays for 2016 from all of us at Food 4 Social Change. We end 2016 with a quiet bang.. we’ll be back again for 2017 with bigger plans to expand and grow Food 4 Social Change. Hope you will join us! This holiday season, give the gift of good food while supporting local farmers and … read more

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